A major part of farm life is the transportation of live animals around the United Kingdom. So, what are some rules and regulation for transporting animals by road?
ANIMAL TRANSPORT: The rules relate most to those who transport live animals by road.
In particular, it is the movement of cattle, goats, pigs, poultry, sheep or equine on road journeys over 65km.
The mileage also includes travel up to and including eight (8) hours. In this case, drivers must undertake a legal qualification to ensure competence.
We refer to Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005. It stipulates the importance of the protection of animals during transport and its related operations.
This regulation requires that those transporting and handling animals in connection with economic activity get trained in the relevant technical provisions of the Regulation.
Compliance comes under the Council Regulation (EC) 1/2005. That particular piece of legislation took effect from the 5th of January 2007. The general conditions of animal transportation also stipulate that:
Thus, proper training in transporting livestock regulations and safety requirements is essential. Those involved have a duty to ensure the animals get protected in the correct manner.
Lantra offer a range of diverse training and qualifications to meet industry standards. They have their Head Office based in Warwickshire.
They offer the Level 2 Award in Animal Transport by Road (Short Journey) qualification. The Lantra qualification specifically addresses:
Note: It enables a driver to be compliant when using road vehicles for transporting farm animals, equine, and birds as an economic activity.
The assessment for the competence of this qualification is a one off requirement. But, stricter regulations apply when transporting animals on journeys longer than 8 hours.
Lantra also offer extra training for these extended journey times. It comes in the form of the Level 2 Award in Animal Transport by Road - Long Journey Attendant/Driver.
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